Why did your toddler suddenly have a nosebleed?
It can happen for different reasons, such as when your child picks his nose, has nasal congestion or a nasal allergy, says Dr Natalie Epton, a specialist paediatrician and neonatologist.
The inside of the nose has lots of tiny blood vessels which are sensitive to damage. In most cases, nosebleeds are benign and will stop on their own.
If the bleeding seems excessive, sit your child down with his head leaning slightly forward.
Pinch the nose firmly just below the nasal bone for five minutes. Time yourself – it always feels longer when you are trying to get a wriggling toddler to cooperate!
But see a doctor if he has a nosebleed following a head injury, suffers from persistent bleeding or if it’s mixed with pus, Dr Epton advises.
The latter could indicate that your little one has wedged his favourite Lego Star Wars figurine up his nose.